Started by starshippe, March 01, 2011, 03:50:49 AM
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Quote from: Smithsonia on March 01, 2011, 04:15:52 AMBattle ships were the great prize. As of Dec. 7th 1941, no Carrier to Carrier battles had ever occurred. Aircraft carriers were thought to be raiders mostly and not decisive power projectors. Sinking the Bismark for instance was done as a stand off raider and not as a coordinated task force. Meaning carrier attack upon disputed land/island, port facilities, and ship convoy attack. Within in months - at first the Battle of Coral Sea and then Midway in May/June '41... the Carrier and task force concepts were proved out. http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/wwii-pac/coralsea/coralsea.htmAs of Pearl Harbor Battleships were kings of the sea. Before December '41 Carriers were an afterthought or perhaps "lesser" thought is the best word. As of the Doolittle Raid, Coral Sea and Midway, Carriers reigned supreme. By Spring '42 and after Midway, no major Naval Battle was ever again decided by a Battle Ship, in the Pacific Theater. What Navy accounts for this amazing transformational change in sea power tactics? Mostly the Japanese Navy which attacked Pearl Harbor from Aircraft Carriers.
Quote from: Smithsonia on March 01, 2011, 03:35:12 PM3. American Aviation Innovation versus Japanese. Once the Hellcat succeeds the Wildcat - the Zero becomes prey only. Result: The Corsair, Hellcat, and (Army) P-51 all were innovation with wings during a period that the once superior Zero remained static.
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